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On Homosexuality, Many Christians Get the Bible Wrong

Will Christians of tomorrow read the Bible’s homosexuality passages the way Christians of today read the slavery passages?

David Lamb: Is God really’Angry, Sexist and Racist’?

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Evangelical theologian David Lamb tackles some of the Bible’s most troubling passages in his book, “God Behaving … Continued

Why pro-life Catholics and evangelicals part ways on guns

George Frey BLOOMBERG A semi-automatic assault rifle made by Bushmaster Firearms International LLC, third from bottom, is displayed for sale … Continued

Talking Christianity, walking privilege

I’ve been thinking a lot about Jesus and about why it’s so difficult for members of Congress to follow Him. … Continued

A new Catholic conversation on sex?

Cardinal Timothy Dolan recently gave a wide ranging interview about the HHS mandate that touched upon the challenges faced by … Continued

What Does the Bible Really Say About Homosexuality?

The first in a series of posts about homosexuality in the Bible.

In defense of exorcism

Catholic exorcism has recently been in the news this week, and some people are scared. Perhaps the people who are … Continued

National security does not “hinge” on mosque

On September 11th, I had the privilege of being the keynote speaker for an event hosted by Unity Productions Foundation, … Continued

Group cannot be held responsible for actions of a few

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, terrorism analyst Evan Kohlmann said that anti-Muslim rhetoric in America is bad news … Continued

One nation Under God and a lot of stress

By Alyce M. McKenzieProfessor of Homiletics Perkins School of Theology, and My 21-year-old son got home 3 days ago … Continued

Church in Sterling reportedly under investigation in Kenya

By Michelle Boorstein There appears to be a dramatic development in Kenya related to a cult-like Virginia church we wrote … Continued

Church needs an accounting of the soul

Q:Should Pope Benedict XVI be held responsible for the escalating scandals over clerical sexual abuse in Europe? Should he be … Continued

Proselytizing as cultural imperialism

By Ramesh Raoprofessor, Longwood University Like many hundreds of millions of other Hindus, I also made sense of our world … Continued

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ in a foxhole

By William BlazekBoston College School of Theology and Ministry Here is a story rarely told: I slept with a man … Continued

Blasphemy laws: A dangerous anachronism

Q: Atheists are others are protesting a new law in Ireland, under which a person can be found guilty of … Continued

Interfaith Call for World Peace

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marshall Two contrasting images hovered over the September 6-8 “Prayer for Peace” in Cracow, Poland. … Continued

Religious and Secular Fanatics

“Two Christian girls. Two sets of distraught parents. And two state courts smack in the middle of it.” That’s how … Continued

Sweet Echoes from Cairo

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marshall Vienna has a lovely tradition: once each year the Vienna Philharmonic plays at Schonbrun, … Continued

How Islamic Law Can Work

How would you respond to radical Muslim clerics in northwest Pakistan — now under Islamic law — who are calling … Continued

Sacred Reading and Sacred Sex

Reading sacred texts alone, for both clergy and laypeople, is a bit like masturbation – it’s safe and fun, but … Continued